Posts Tagged ‘wild mushrooms’

Sunday, August 3rd: Juicy Melons, Local Tuna, Lemon Cucumbers, Cascading Beans, Succulent Sausages & Gluten-Free Goodies!

August 2, 2014
Cantaloupe melon from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Cantaloupe melon from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Cantaloupe in the house! Woohoo! Washington produces an amazing diversity and quantity of melons, and our plant researchers and hybridists have developed some of the best melons anywhere. And yet, this humble, downright ancient, cantaloupe from Alvarez Organic Farms still remains a showstopper for flavor and juiciness. They are ripe and ready for you today at your Ballard Farmers Market!

Local albacore tuna loins from Fishing Vessel St. Jude. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Local albacore tuna loins from Fishing Vessel St. Jude. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s the first Sunday of August, and that means it’s local albacore tuna day at your Ballard Farmers Market! Yes, Fishing Vessel St. Jude is here the first Sunday of every month with their sashimi grade frozen loins that are favored by chefs all over Seattle, as well as the best canned tuna you will ever taste… anywhere.

Lemon cucumbers from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lemon cucumbers from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Look kids! It’s time for lemon cucumbers from One Leaf Farm! Now, of course they get their name from looking like lemons, but I think this year’s crop might look so much like lemons that I might squeeze one into my iced tea by accident and then wonder why it tastes like cucumber.

A cascade of yellow wax beans from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

A cascade of yellow wax beans from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Growing Things Farm grows lots of different kinds of beans, and their cascading displays of them are almost as delicious as the beans themselves. Like these yellow wax beans flowing like a waterfall out of this bucket. Their beans come in a rainbow of colors, some round and skinny, and others wide and flat, and a few that are speckled. Green bean season is always so short, and when they’re gone, they’re just plain gone. Enjoy them while you can!

Arctic Star nectarines from Tiny's Organic. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Arctic Star nectarines from Tiny’s Organic. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These white-fleshed, organic Arctic Star nectarines from Tiny’s Organic are very sweet. In fact, when I tried drying them one summer, I ended up with little slices that seemed more like candy than dried fruit.

Lobster mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lobster mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This past Sunday marked the earliest we’ve ever been able to capture wild lobster mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles on pixels. Mind you, the fickle nature of, um, nature, and the ever-changing demands of local chefs do influence when we see wild, foraged foods at your Ballard Farmers Market more than cultivated crops. Heck, we aren’t even sure they’ll have these again today. But rest assured that Foraged & Found Edibles will have some delicious jewels of the wild waiting for you today, no matter what!

Cranberry shelling beans from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Cranberry shelling beans from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Cranberry shelling beans are in at Alm Hill Gardens a full three weeks earlier than we’ve every seen them before! Now it is proper succotash season! Cook these bad boys up whilst still fresh by boiling them in well-salted water for about 20 minutes, or until just tender. Then drain them and toss them in a skillet with sweet corn freshly cut off the cob, green onions, fresh garlicparsley and some bacon from Skagit River Ranch or Olsen Farms, and just heat it through. No need to cook it to death. Remember to render out the bacon before adding the other ingredients to the pan, and use the bacon fat as your cooking oil, and for flavor, of course!

Sausages from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sausages from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Did you know that Olsen Farms, the folks with all those amazing potatoes and meat, also make some great sausages? And because they come pre-cooked, they are great for picnics and camping, because you don’t have to worry about cross-contaminating your work space with raw meat. Made from animals the Olsens raise themselves, they are great on the grill, the stovetop, or simply on a stick over a campfire!

Rival apricots from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Rival apricots from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We enjoyed the little apricots of early summer. Now, it’s time for the big, beautiful, delicious ones, like these Rival apricots from Collins Family Orchards. Think of the jams, the tarts, the messy shirt fronts! Rivals are a free-stone fruit, which means they release easily from their pit when you cut them in half, making them very easy to cook with!

Dukes blueberries from Jessie's Berries. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Dukes blueberries from Jessie’s Berries. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These Dukes blueberries from Jessie’s Berries are plump, juicy, sweet and utterly blueberrilicious! I’ve been adorning my morning oatmeal with them for the last two weeks, in fact. See, I get a whole bunch of these puppies now, while they’re at their peak of flavor and abundance, give them a quick rinse, dry them thoroughly by rolling them around on a paper towel, and then pop them in waves into the freezer in a single layer in a glass baking dish. They freeze quickly — in just a couple of hours — and then I loosen them up and pour them into a gallon freezer bag so that I can enjoy them for weeks without worrying about them spoiling. I just grab out a handful at a time. They stay loose and good for months. Get enough, and you can enjoy them all winter long this way!

Zucchini Cardamom and Ginger Peach Mini Loaf from nuflours gluten-free bakery. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Zucchini Cardamom and Ginger Peach Mini Loaf from nuflours gluten-free bakery. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These Zucchini-Cardamom and Ginger Peach mini loaves from Nuflours Gluten-Free Bakery are so go, you won’t even notice that they are gluten-free. All you will notice is that you are out of cream cheese! But before that particular emergency befalls you, remember to stop by Mt. Townsend Creamery for some truffled fromage today, too.

Tacos from Los Chilangos. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Tacos from Los Chilangos. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Enjoy a snack of localiciousness, Mexican-style, today at your Ballard Farmers Market! Los Chilangos sources all of their animal proteins from vendors right here at your Ballard Farmers Market, like Olsen Farms and Wilson Fish. No mystery meat here! Enjoy some of their amazing tacos, or grab a breakfast burrito!

And remember, their plates, forks and napkins are all compostable. When you go to dispose of them, please take a moment to recognize our green composting and blue recycling waste receptacles throughout your Ballard Farmers Market, and please make an effort to put your cup in the correct receptacle. Each receptacle has what’s okay to put in it pictured right on the lid. Please do not put the wrong materials in, because that drives up the cost of recycling and composting, and it can result in the entire container being sent instead to a landfill. It’s easy. You already do it at home every day. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

There is plenty more local deliciousness waiting for you today at your Ballard Farmers Market. Just check What’s Fresh Now! for a more complete accounting of what is in season right now.

Sunday, September 29th: Happy Fall! (In Case You Hadn’t Noticed.)

September 28, 2013
Dolgo crabapples from Jerzy Boyz. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Dolgo crabapples from Jerzy Boyz. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

The hail storms that devastated much of Booth Canyon Orchard’s 2013 crop, of which I wrote last week, also hit Jerzy Boyz hard. That is why they are only coming every other week this fall, as their supply of heirloom tree fruit is greatly diminished. The good news is, this is one of those weeks! And with any luck, they will still have some of these heirloom Dolgo crabapples for us. Think pies, jams, even wine. Few farms grow them around here, and those that do tend to use them as a pollinator. But they are a special little apple, so enjoy them while you can!

Sweet corn from Gaia's Harmony Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sweet corn from Gaia’s Harmony Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It may be the last Sunday in September, and the winds may already be howling, but we are still seeing the arrival of new harvests of sweet corn! This lovely corn is from Gaia’s Harmony Farm up in Snohomish. In the immortal words of Garrison Keillor, “Sex is good, but not as good as fresh sweet corn.” So enjoy it while you can!

Wines from Kitzke Cellars. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Wines from Kitzke Cellars. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It is tasting day at Kitzke Cellars from Richland, Washington. Stop by to sample their award-winning lineup of wines, including their double gold medal winning 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, on the right above.

Blackberries from Hayton Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Blackberries from Hayton Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Though most fresh berries have taken their leave of us already this fall, you will still find these lovely blackberries in abundance from Hayton Farms today at your Ballard Farmers Market. So grab a flat or three today, as soon, you won’t be seeing them again for many months!

Red radishes from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Red radishes from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I heart farm-fresh, local radishes, and I, for one, will miss them over the winter. See, they just don’t like the cold all that much. Radishes may be making a resurgence now, but you likely won’t see radishes for several months once winter hits. Therefore, you should revel in them now! These beauties are from Stoney Plains Organic Farm, and they are delish!

Bratwurst from Skagit River Ranch. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Bratwurst from Skagit River Ranch. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Have you tried the newest addition to the coolers at Skagit River Ranch? It is bratwurst, made from their delicious pigs, and because I care so much about you all, I did some careful quality control testing on a package of these this past week, and they are spectabulous! Grab a jar of your favorite mustard and some caraway sauerkraut from Firefly Kitchens, and you are good to go, people! You can thank me later.

Flavor Grenade Pluots from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Flavor Grenade Pluots from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

How’s about some late-season pluots from Collins Family Orchards in the form of these colorful and, as the name suggests, exploding with deliciousness, Flavor Grenade pluots?

Winter Luxury pumpkins from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Winter Luxury pumpkins from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

If like our weather, you are charging headlong into fall, you can’t do it any better than with these so aptly named Winter Luxury pumpkins from One Leaf Farm. In as much as they are stunningly beautiful, they are even more delicious. This is a great pie pumpkin, or simply use it as you would any winter squash. They have a gorgeous texture and a lovely sweetness and flavor that may have you wondering why you ever bothering with any other pumpkins.

Wild porcini mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Wild porcini mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Wild mushrooms are loving our fall, so far. Stop by Foraged & Found Edibles today for some yellow or white chanterelle mushrooms, some hedgehog mushroomslobster mushrooms or these gorgeous porcini mushrooms.

D.H. Hale peaches from Martin Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

D.H. Hale peaches from Martin Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These D H Hale peaches from Martin Family Orchards are a lovely, late-season peach. They are big, beautiful, sweet and juicy — one last big blast of summer. Few things can top a farm-fresh Washington peach, so enjoy them one last time this season!

Delicata winter squash from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Delicata winter squash from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

As all the winter squash begins pouring into the Market this time of year, I often think, “it’s still a bit too warm to fire up the oven and roast squash.” Well, not this week! So dive headlong into the sea of squashliciousness. I recommend starting with some of this delicata squash from Alm Hill Gardens (a.k.a., Growing Washington). It is sweet, with a gorgeous texture. It roasts nicely in just 20-30 minutes. And you can even eat the skin! I like to simply cut it in half length-wise, scoop out the seeds, slather it will olive oil, and roast it face-down in a baking dish until tender, though you can also slice it thin and sauté it. And don’t throw those seeds in the composts! Oil them up, salt them, and roast them, too, for a lovely, crunchy snack.

Sesame loaf (left) and whole grain sandwich bread from d:floured gluten-free bakery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sesame loaf (left) and whole grain sandwich bread from d:floured gluten-free bakery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Grab a loaf of this gluten-free sandwich bread from nuflours gluten-free bakery today, or any of their other goodies.  Their entire lineup is irresistible, whether you require gluten-free products or not. From cookies to artisan loaves to sweet breads to brownies, it’s all good!

There is plenty more local deliciousness waiting for you today at your Ballard Farmers Market. Just check What’s Fresh Now! for a more complete accounting of what is in season right now.

Please remember bring your own bags every Sunday, as Seattle’s single-use plastic bag ban is now in effect. Also, please take note of our new green composting and blue recycling waste receptacles throughout your Ballard Farmers Market, and please make an effort to use them correctly. Each container has what’s okay to put in it pictured right on the lid. Please do not put the wrong materials in, because that drives up the cost of recycling and composting, and it can result in the entire container being sent instead to a landfill. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

Sunday, December 23rd: Happy & Merry, All! Everything You Need For A Special, Local Holiday Is Right Here!

December 23, 2012
Hams for the holidays from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hams for the holidays from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This is it, good folk of the People’s Republic of Ballard! This is the last call before Christmas for local beauty and deliciousness from your Ballard Farmers Market. You have but five hours left today to load up on everything you need from wine to smoked salmon to festive breads to broccoli to jam, cheese, butter and milk! Everything from candles for your table to wreathes for your door, from a shaving kit for dad to a gold pendant for mom, from handcrafted clothing to handcrafted woodwork to handcrafted cups and bowls, and so much more! Make this the most special of most special times of year. Bring home everything you need for the holidays direct from the local folks that produced it, and celebrate with the highest quality, most beautiful, tastiest wonderfulness to be found anywhere, all while investing in local businesses, local production and local jobs. Talk about gifts that keep on giving!

You’ll need a centerpiece for your holiday dinner table, don’t forget. No, I’m not talking about flowers. I’m talking about roast beast. Like these gorgeous hams from Olsen Farms. They’ve also got some primo tenderloin roastsprime rib roasts and pork loin roasts, as well as every kind of potato you’d ever need to pair with it. Just remember, you can’t expect the Grinch to carve the beast for Cindy Lou Who if you’ve forgotten to bring the beast home in the first place!

Shiitake mushrooms from Sno-Valley Mushrooms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Shiitake mushrooms from Sno-Valley Mushrooms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Have you met the newest farm at your Ballard Farmers Market yet? Sno-Valley Mushrooms is based in Duvall, and they grow lion’s maneblue oyster and these shiitake mushrooms. I enjoyed some this past week, and they are delish. We’ve been waiting for cultivated mushrooms for years, and they are finally here. So add some mushrooms to that holiday feast, baby!

Parsnips from Nash's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Parsnips from Nash’s Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Parsnips are a holiday must, and this stack of them from Nash’s Organic Produce is also just plain awesome. How’s about a parsnip, potato and celery root mash? Maybe some parsnip and celery root soup? Ooh, I know. Gather up a whole bunch of roots, from parsnips to sunchokes to rutabagas to carrots to turnips and more, toss them with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast them in a nice, hot oven until tender and caramelized.

Red mustard greens from Children's Garden. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Red mustard greens from Children’s Garden. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Yes, there still remain some lovely greens at your Ballard Farmers Market. These gorgeous red mustard greens are from Children’s Garden. They make for a nice, spicy salad, and they’re great just lightly sautéed with a little garlic, just until their wilted. Yummers! And Children’s should have a few more holiday wreathes today, too.

Martini Stix and pickled peppers from Purdy Pickle. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Martini Stix and pickled peppers from Purdy Pickle. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Purdy Pickle has added a few new items to its picklicious lineup, just in time for the holidaze! They’ve got Martini Stix (pickled carrot sticks with capers)pickled peppers and mixed pickles. Plus, they have a huge variety of other pickled things to add to your table, or your favorite cocktail, all made from fresh, local ingredients from many of the farms you know and love at your Ballard Farmers Market.

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Mmm. Nothing like sweet potatoes on the holiday menu, eh? And our own Lyall Farms is the only farm in Washington bringing sweet potatoes to farmers markets here in Seattle. So stock up, and roast them, mash them, candy them… do that voodoo that you do with them. You can thank me later!

Wild Yellowfoot chanterelle mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Wild Yellowfoot chanterelle mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Some lovely wild Yellowfoot chanterelle mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles provide a lovely accent to a nice beef roast or some salmon. And ’tis the season for them right now. They are gorgeous, clean and delicious! Sauté them in a little butter, and you’re good to go.

Hard ciders and berry wines from Rockridge Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hard ciders and berry wines from Rockridge Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Don’t forget some liquid love in the form of hard ciders and berry wines from Rockridge Orchards. You don’t want to be the one showing up empty handed to the party, do you? You do want your feast accented by the right beverage, don’t you? And never fear. Rockridge has the kiddie table covered, too, with great sweet ciders by the half gallon jug.

Prairie Spy apples from Booth Canyon Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Prairie Spy apples from Booth Canyon Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Whether for crunching or cooking, Booth Canyon Orchards has an apple for you. They grow an amazing selection of heirloom apples, many of which are sought out far and wide by their longtime loyal customers. Like these Prairie Spy apples, or Macoun apples that’ll transport you back to an ancient orchard in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Winter squash from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Winter squash from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Winter squash from Stoney Plains Organic Farm will certainly help round out that feast. Can’t you just smell it roasting in the oven right now, filling your kitchen with its sweet aromas. Whether your goal is soup, pies, mashed, roasted or sautéed, Stoney Plains has an edible gourd with your name on it!

Rutabagas from Boistfort Valley Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Rutabagas from Boistfort Valley Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This is the last week until sometime next summer that you will find Boistfort Valley Farm at your Ballard Farmers Market. Make sure you stop by and load up on deliciousness like these stunning rutabagas, some greens, maybe even some kohlrabi or garlic, and thank them for another great year!

Please remember bring your own bags every Sunday, as Seattle’s single-use plastic bag ban is now in effect. Also, please take note of our new green composting and blue recycling waste receptacles throughout your Ballard Farmers Market, and please make an effort to use them correctly. Each container has what’s okay to put in it pictured right on the lid. Please do not put the wrong materials in, because that drives up the cost of recycling and composting, and it can result in the entire container being sent instead to a landfill. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

There is plenty more local deliciousness waiting for you today at your Ballard Farmers Market. Just check What’s Fresh Now! for a more complete accounting of what is in season right now.

Sunday, January 31st: Fungi, Soapy, Fishy, Fruity, Leafy, Smoky & Spicy Goodness

January 31, 2010

Yellow foot chanterelle mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This has been the warmest January ever recorded in Seattle, and that means, among other things, that this has been a rockin’ year for local wild mushrooms from the good folks at Foraged & Found Edibles. Check out these gorgeous yellow foot chanterelle mushrooms. They’ve also had a healthy supply of black trumpet and hedgehog mushrooms lately, too.

Braised greens from Full Circle Farm. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Full Circle Farm’s availability of various greens keeps getting better every week. Above, you can see bags of braising greens from red chard (upper left), to green chard (upper center & right), to red kale (lower center), tomixed braising greens that include red & green chard and red & green kale.  They also still have baby bok choyrapini greens, and much more.

Fresh Washington true cod from Wilson Fish. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been able to enjoy fresh true cod from the Washington coast from Wilson Fish. Another one of the many benefits of El Nino we are enjoying this January seems to be that the waters off the coast of Washington have been much calmer than usual, meaning Wilson Fish can actually get out to catch some of the other wonderful fish other than salmon and halibut out there, like true cod, rockfish, sablefish, etc. This true cod is moist and mildly flavorful, just waiting for you to apply a nice spicy coating of breading for a lovely pan fry.

Just a sampling of the many varieties of paprika from Some Like It Hott! Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Speaking of adding some spice, how about some paprika from Some Like It Hott! Above, you will see just five of the many varieties of paprikas they have to offer. They grow, dry and smoke their chili peppers on their farm in Port Townsend, and you can purchase them by vintage — yes, the peppers vary from year-to-year. I enjoyed some of the alder smoked pimiento desplelete paprika mixed in with the breading of the true cod from Wilson Fish I fried this past week. Yum!

Handmade soups from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Michaele Blakely of Growing Things Farm is first and foremost a farmer. So some may wonder why she has soap on her tables at Ballard Farmers Market. The simple answer is that her handmade soaps are themselves a farm product. Indeed, soap making is a time-honored farmstead craft. Blakely makes her soaps from the rendered beef tallow and lard of animals she raises herself. She is one of those renaissance farmers who does it all, from raising livestock and egg-laying hens to growing row crops to making jams and soap. You shop at Ballard Farmers Market to know where your food comes from, right? Why not include your soap in that equation?

This tough little beauties come to us from Phocas Farm, in Port Angeles. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Warmer and dryer, or not, it is a great time to plant succulents. And lucky for us, Phocas Farms, from Port Angeles, returns to the Market today with its many dozens of varieties of these lovely, colorful and draught tolerant plants. Plant them now, when at least it is raining regularly, if not a lot, and they’ll be all set for a long summer of your neglecting them.

Honey crisp apples from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Still lots of great fruit available at your Ballard Farmers Market, like these honey crisp apples from Collins Family Orchards. Collins still has several varieties of apples and pears for you to enjoy.

A beautiful case of meat and charcuterie from Sea Breeze Farm. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Now that is a gorgeous display of meat, isn’t it? From fresh pork and lamb to sausages, pâtés, rillettes, porchetta, pancetta and more, Sea Breeze Farm offers up some of the finest meat you’ll find around here. See that pork shoulder steak on the left? I enjoyed that simply grilled over natural charcoal with olive oil, Celtic sea salt and fresh ground pepper this past week.  Need I say more?

Remember, your Ballard Farmers Market is chock full of all sorts of goodness for your kitchen and beyond. For a fuller accounting of what you’ll find at the Market today, go to “What’s Fresh Now!” in the upper right-hand corner.